Nearly All Wisconsin Counties Fall Short of Cancer-Control Goals
Madison, Wisconsin - Ninety-seven percent of Wisconsin counties have cancer death rates exceeding the 2015 goal set by the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.
New fact sheets illustrating cancer’s impact in each Wisconsin county were released jointly by the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control (WI CCC) Program and the Cancer Health Disparities Initiative (CHDI), both based at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
“Cancer continues to be a leading cause of death in all Wisconsin counties. These numbers are unacceptable and invite all of us to take action to address this serious and costly health problem,” said Dr. Noelle LoConte, a UW Carbone Cancer Center oncologist.
Research shows that 50 to 75 percent of cancer deaths are caused by behavior primarily influenced by unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, and smoking. The county cancer fact sheets demonstrate that 92 percent of counties exceed the 2015 state adult obesity goal, and 88 percent of counties exceed the 2015 state adult smoking goal.
“This county-specific information is released to increase cancer awareness and promote action on the impact of cancer in communities throughout Wisconsin,” said LoConte.
“While there are important personal strategies one can adopt to prevent cancer, communities can use this information to create system changes. Using these fact sheets, communities can conduct local needs assessments to identify factors that influence their health and develop effective initiatives to reduce local cancer burden,” said LoConte.
For each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, the County Cancer fact sheets present the rate of cancer diagnoses and deaths as well as smoking and obesity rates. The WI CCC Program’s “Cancer in Your Community” fact sheet compares these rates to state goals, and suggests local change to support healthy lifestyles that reduce the risk of cancer. CHDI’s “Community Cancer Profile” presents local economic, social and health care system factors that shape cancer’s impact and encourages counties to address broader influences on health.
Date Published: 06/06/2013